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Opinion: The Three PDP Governors That APC May Be Targeting

There are very strong indications that the All Progresives Congress is bent on bringing in more governors of the People's Democratic Party into its fold while the country is gradually moving closer to the 2023 general elections.

The APC has recorded a rise in its membership across the country. Apart from the nationwide revalidation of membership, there are big names that are finding their ways into the APC. It can be said without a fear of being wrong that while the PDP is becoming weaker by day, the APC is waxing stronger.

Now that the APC is looking forward to increasing its tentacles by having more PDP governors, there are at least three of the governors that can be easily lured into the party. It will even be easy for the APC to do that.

The first PDP governor that APC should target is Mr. Godwin Obaseki, the Edo State governor. With very little talk, he can be convinced to return to the APC that he left about a year ago. Recall that till the build-up to the Edo State poll, Mr. Obaseki was fully in the APC.

But due to the hydra headed problems he had with his former political father, Adams Oshiomole, he left the APC. Obaseki joined the PDP not because he had keen interest of the party at heart. He did so because he was left with no viable option. He just had to become a PDP member.

If the APC really wants Obaseki to come back to the fold, the party should talk to the president, Muhammadu Buhari. The president can convince the Edo State governor to come back "home".

Mr. Godwin Obaseki knows what Muhammadu Buhari did for him during the election. Unlike other presidents who influence elections in states, the president didn't allow any form of interference. Definitely, if President Muhammadu Buhari demands Obaseki to return to the APC, the governor wouldn't say "no".

The second governor is the Zamfara State governor, Mr. Bello Matawalle. He is one of the only 2 PDP governors in the northwest zone. Mr. Matawalle wouldn't have been the governor but for the internal issues of the APC before and after the 2019 general elections.

Mr. Matawalle himself didn't win the election. He was only fortunate to benefit from the crisis that rocked the APC in Zamfara State. Mr. Abdulaziz Yari and one Senator Marafa were at loggerheads.

They couldn't solve their differences till they got to the Supreme Court, which declared that the APC didn't conduct any legal and valid primary election in Zamfara State. Even though the APC was successful in the general elections by winning almost in every poll, but the Supreme Court upturned the victory on that ground.

Mr. Bello Matawalle needs to secure his own future. The APC will be powerfully back in Zamfara State and the best he can immediately do is to identify himself with the political party and quickly lobby to have another ticket for the 2023 Zamfara State poll.

The third governor may be Mr. Nyesom Wike, the Rivers State governor. He should even be the main target of the All Progresives Congress at this time. The reason isn't far-fetched. Mr. Wike is the most active and powerful PDP governor in this current political dispensation.

He has been instrumental to several success stories of the PDP including in Edo State. He is at the forefront of the PDP affairs. If he leaves the PDP, the party may totally collapse and never rise again.

To show his power is to remember what he did in Edo State. The APC was at the federal level, the party also had Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu and Adams Oshiomole to foist PDP attempt to success. Yet Nyesom Wike stood up for the PDP to the extent that the victory of the PDP was massive.

If the All Progresives Congress is ready to gain more relevance and footholds in the south-south geopolitical region, the party must be ready to win the mind of Wike to join the APC.

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